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Video Message by Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the General Assembly, on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
26 Jan 2021 -  On this day, we honour the millions of Jews and the other groups who lost their lives during a time of unparalleled inhumanity in the middle of Europe.
On this day, we remember those who survived the Holocaust and their pain.
They were individuals just like the rest of us. Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends and neighbours.
But they were treated as “others.” They became targets of hatred and violence because of who they are.
This did not happen overnight. It was in the making for centuries.
It began as intolerance and bigotry, evolved into a systematic campaign and ended as genocide.
Today, we must never forget these facts.
We must never lose sight of what went wrong and we must ensure that it never happens again.
Unfortunately, the recent developments are not promising.
We are once again faced with a rising tide of racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
We are witnessing hatred towards other minorities and religious groups.
Today, the onus is upon us to uphold truth, equality and protect the rights of the most vulnerable groups. All around the world.
We have to be vigilant, to call out any injustice we witness and defend pluralism.
We have to condemn intolerance, incitement, harassment based on ethnic origin or religious belief.
We must instill within our children an understanding, that every individual is entitled to equal dignity and inalienable human rights.
Inertia is not an option.
In memory of the victims of the Holocaust, I ask that ‘We the Peoples’ recommit to the Charter of the United Nations, which was written in the wake of the atrocities 75 years ago.
And “…reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women…”
I thank you.